Surgical Technologist - Vascular Access Team
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Surg Tech - Duke University Hospital, Durham NC 27715Surgical Technologists (ST) are allied health professionals who assist in the preparation and care of surgical patients ranging from infancy to geriatrics under the general direction of a professional nurse. The STpossesses expertise in the theory and application of sterile aseptic technique and combines the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate as urgeon’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedu es.The ST who has a dual function in the operating room and the ambulatory setting demonstrates competency in the care of surgical patients preope ratively and postope ratively in the ambulatory surgical clinic setting.Job Duties
Level I New graduate with up to 18 month s of full-time equivalent experience.Perform all responsibilities in a m anner that demonstrates ServiceExcellence towards patients, physicians, peers and other departments.Assume responsibility for upholding the policies and procedures of thedepartment and organization.Demonstrates eager ness to learn, takes direction, adapts to changeswithin unit, demonstrat es consistent progress toward Level II.Establishes and maintains sterile field and assures team maintainssterile environment. Demonstrate and pr actice a good understanding ofsterile technique.Has a basic knowledge of instrumentations. Prepare Operating Room withappropriate instrumentatio n, equipment and supplies.Demonstrates correct and safe instrumentation passing and performssponge, needle and instrument counts in a safe and a ccurate manner.Maintain technical skills to serve a patient population c omprised ofinfancy to geriatric clients.Take calls and rotate shifts as required under the direction of aregistered nurse.For Surgical Technolog ists with a dual role in an ambulatoryenvironment, additional responsibi lities may include: prepare patientsfor examinations and procedures in t he surgical clinic setting; assistthe physician during patient examinati on and procedures in the clinic;collect and label laboratory specimens f or processing; reinforcepostoperative instructions under direction of ph ysician or RN; assistwith incoming and outgoing patient calls under supe rvision of physicianor RN; removesutures/ staples, change sterile and n on-steriledressings, following DUHS policies and procedures, under direc tion of RNor physician; perform other clinical functions as delegated an dsupervised by the RN or physician; schedule and post surgical cases;coo rdinate complex scheduling of cases which require additional surgicalsup port; update and file patient medical records.Must advance to level II w ithin 18 months.Perform other duties and responsibilities as required.Le vel IIPerform all the duties and responsibilities of Level I, plus thefo llowing:Assist with the teaching of newly hired technologists and studen ttechnologists.Serve as a role model to new employees and other staff me mbers.Establish and maintain sterile field and assure team maintains ste rileenvironment independently.Anticipate the needs of the surgical team. Apply basic knowledge of instrumentations to several cases.Demonstrate appropriate and correct case preparation.Competent at unit level.Correct s deficiencies at the case level.Communicate effectively with patients, staff members and physicians.Adherence to standards including but not li mited to unit and hospitalpolicies and procedures, regulatory standards, and patient safety goals.Assume responsibility for self and ensures tha t the policies, proceduresand safety practices of the Operating Room and Hospital are reinforced.Perform other duties and responsibilities as re quired.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to ad apt to changes within unit.Ability to work effectively and efficiently u nder pressure in astressful environment, and often without relief.Abilit y to demonstrate knowledge of anatomy relating to the surgicalprocedure and the instrumentation required inorder to effectivelyanticipate the n eeds of the surgeon.Ability to set priorities and respond appropriately to actual and/orpotential life threatening situations.
Graduate of an accredited Surgical Technology program or the successful completion of the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) certification exam.
Level I- Entry level position for new graduates of Surgical Technology program or Surgical Technologists with 0 to 18 months experience. Level II- Requires 6 to 12 months of full-ime equivalent Surgical Technology or relevant military experience.
Degrees, Licensures, Certifications
Level I- N/A Level II- N/A
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